Accountable Beauty With Chen Man

Accountable Beauty With Chen Man

Chen Man has been bending rules and augmenting reality at the forefront of Chinese fashion photography for over a decade. Her seductive, dreamy images in Vision magazine back in the early 2000s propelled her to fame and soon led to gigs with MAC Cosmetics, Elle, Vogue and Bazaar. In 2012, Chen worked with i-D magazine to create twelve covers for [...]

January 28, 2013 at 7:27 pm 4 comments

Studio Visit with Zhang Qiang

Studio Visit with Zhang Qiang

Those interested in veering even further off the beaten path during their visit to the Caochangdi Art Village will love IOWA Collective: a complex of greenhouses just outside of the Caochangdi perimeters, converted into artist live-and-work spaces, with corn growing all around. IOWA residents often take part in sweeping collaborative projects and agree to a semi-communal lifestyle, with their doors [...]

January 23, 2013 at 7:57 pm 3 comments

Moonglow Burlesque

Moonglow Burlesque

The word “Burlesque” means “to lampoon”, or “to subvert”. Today, this word is most often associated with the art of rollicking striptease. First popularized in mid-1800s England, this phenomenon has been enjoying a rampant Western revival since the nineties, but (save for Shanghai’s decadent 1930s) is relatively new to China. When this was written, Moonglow Burlesque was Beijing’s only burlesque [...]

January 23, 2013 at 7:57 pm 1 comment

Pekin Fine Arts at Caochangdi Art Village

Caochangdi is a haven for artists and other creative-minded folk about an hour from Beijing’s city-center. A maze of elegant minimal brick buildings, this art district is filling up with galleries, co-ops and artists lofts, and hails as the alternative to the commercial glitz of the 798 Art Zone. Meg Maggio, owner-director of Pekin Fine Arts and long-time Caochangdi resident, [...]

January 23, 2013 at 1:24 pm 0 comments

Meng Jin Hui, Head of Vice Magazine Beijing

Meng Jin Hui, Head of Vice Magazine Beijing

Meng Jin Hui, head of Vice Beijing, sat down with us at his shiny new office to contextualize Beijing’s emerging youth culture. www.vice.com www.thecreatorsproject.cn  

December 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm 0 comments

Birdhead – Shanghai Artist Duo

Birdhead – Shanghai Artist Duo

Birdhead (Ji Weiyu and Song Tao) is a photography duo whose mainly black-and-white snapshots of everyday Shanghai and its people skyrocketed them to unexpected art-stardom in the early 2000s. Commonly described as “stream of consciousness photography”, their work focuses on the unsung, ephemeral aspects of daily life. Birdhead’s prolific, compulsive documentation of their friends and surroundings has led them to [...]

December 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm 0 comments

Alex Chow & Kyle Page, Black Eyeliner

Alex Chow & Kyle Page, Black Eyeliner

Black Eyeliner is Beijing’s premier dark music monthly and Alexander Chow is the elfin master of ceremonies behind the event. He’s also the creative director of Chinese Vogue. The concept materialized in 2011, over beers with cofounder/DJ, Benjamin Bacon and mutual friend, Philana Woo, who named the event. We sat down at Black Eyeliner’s new home, DaDa Bar, to talk with Alex and [...]

December 18, 2012 at 10:51 pm 0 comments

Kin Hong – The Taco Bar Beijing – Salsa Recipe

One year ago, if you asked Kin Hong, a chef trained in classic French cuisine, if he could ever see himself opening a Mexican restaurant in China, he would’ve told you that you must be crazy. Now, he’s the proud owner of The Taco Bar in Beijing, the first of its kind. We visited Kin Hong’s establishment during its soft opening in August [...]

December 10, 2012 at 1:38 pm 0 comments